Positive thinking can be a powerful force beyond our understanding. People who are optimistic and motivated to survive are more likely to overcome almost every health obstacle, including breast cancer. Family is a strong motivator for most people. I recently saw a video about a breast cancer survivor named Bev Wagner. Bev said her desire for more happy years with her husband help fuel her desire to defeat cancer. Bev also described the importance of her medical team in her successful treatment. Bev’s story made me think about the role of family and the medical team as inspiration for fighting breast cancer, and I also starting thinking about other sources of encouragement after a recent diagnosis.
In the video, Bev said she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 73 after a routine annual mammogram. As you would expect, she was frightened as soon as she heard the diagnosis. But then, she realized that she still had plenty of life that she wanted to live. As she put it, she wasn’t ready to give up the husband that she’d worked so hard to find. Her desired helped fuel her drive to overcome cancer and become a survivor.
Bev went on to discuss the role of her medical team in her successful treatment. When you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, you may not realize the importance of your choice of doctors. You know that you want a doctor with good credentials and a cancer treatment center with scientifically advanced methods, but Bev’s story reveals the role of the human side of the medical team. A good medical team is more than a group of technical geniuses. For Bev, they were comforting individuals who were there to support her. Bev was able to call her medical team whenever she needed to, and she could see their passion for treating cancer patients.
Family, Friends and Support Groups
Family and friends can motivate you to fight against cancer just like Bev’s husband did for her. The thoughts of spending more time with your family and friends, taking care of your aging parents and watching your children grow up can be encouraging. Family and friends are great built-in sources of support. They are often there for you no matter what, and they know you well enough to tell when you are having a good or rough day.
Support groups can be good additions to your foundation of encouragement. Members are often breast cancer patients like you or are themselves cancer survivors. They know exactly what you are going through and can be good examples of people who have successfully overcome what you are fighting. Online and in-person groups are both common. Spiritual support is also a source of great comfort and hope for a large percentage of those diagnosed with cancer.
The diagnosis of breast cancer is tough to hear, believe and accept. Even strong women like Bev are afraid at first, but you can draw motivation from your family and a variety of other sources to help improve the outcome of your treatment. A caring medical team, in-person or online support groups and respected community leaders all have the potential to give you strength and keep you thinking about the good times in the future.
About the author: Derrick Cruise is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. He specializes in health and nutrition articles.